Butterflies are facing a challenging fall migration through Texas after the drought and extreme summer temperatures. This latest hurdle comes on the heels of a dramatic drop in monarch butterfly populations over the past three decades. What a lot of people are seeing right now are the snout. The monarchs won’t make their migration through the area for another few weeks.
The best way to support monarchs is to plant milkweed and nectar plants and create butterfly gardens. Monarchs lay eggs on milkweed. Monarchs need other nectar sources as well. There are a variety of milkweed types ranging from tropical milkweed to native types of milkweed. To plant a butterfly garden, keep plants and flowers together in a contained space. This way, butterflies may be more likely to notice the garden.